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Matua John is a music teacher our school. He has his own music group and takes guitar lessons. We interviewed Matua John about his work as a songwriter.

You can visit his website

By Jimmy, Rakaia and Preston.

Kia Kaha Tuatara o Takapourewa

by John Phillips

When the sky cold with an icy blast,
And the dinosaurs roared their mighty last,
Not much was left on the Earth’s cold floor
The world had changed forever more.
Kia kaha Tuatara o Takapourewa
Kia kaha Tuatara o Takapourewa
All aboard! Like an early Noah,
I rafted clinging to Aotearoa,
A special place that I could roam,
The only place now that I call home.
Kia kaha Tuatara o Takapourewa
Kia kaha Tuatara o Takapourewa
2-20 million – how long is that?
A very long time to stay intact!
From the tip of my tail to the end of my snout,
I’ve stayed the same –that’s worth a shout.
Kia kaha Tuatara o Takapourewa
Kia kaha Tuatara o Takapourewa
With scaly skin and peaks on my back,
I’m prehistoric - artifact
I’ve lived through ice and I’ve lived through blizzard,
BUT ....I’m a reptile-I ain’t no lizard.
Kia kaha Tuatara o Takapourewa
Kia kaha Tuatara o Takapourewa
I’m -Soaking up the sun on Takapourewa,
Safe for the moment but is this forever?
My Kaitiaki, I’m relying on you,
To secure my future – what can you do?
Kia kaha Tuatara o Takapourewa
Kia kaha Tuatara o Takapourewa
Share my story near and far,
Tell the world of Tuatara.

Podcast
Listen to the Tuatara song that Matua John wrote.

Matua John's song was placed third in the APRA Children's
Song of the Year competition

Room 14, Victory Primary School, Nelson - 2010